About Orthodontics

Getting a healthier, more beautiful smile is the reason most patients turn to orthodontic treatment. Whether you are self-conscious about your smile, or worried that your issues may create more problems later, orthodontic treatment can help.

We’ll provide you with the healthy, beautiful smile of your dreams. We provide high quality care and work hard to ensure each patient is comfortable throughout treatment.

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic, and can be fixed onto the teeth or removable. Regardless of which type of appliance, the method to move the teeth is essentially the same. We place a constant, gentle force in a controlled direction to slowly move the teeth to their ideal positions.

In the past, the term metal mouth had an obvious meaning – metal brackets were placed around each tooth, making the treatment highly visible. Today, brackets are much smaller and more efficient. You can even choose clear braces to ensure they blend in as much as possible. Today’s wires and materials are also more efficient, allowing teeth to move faster and more comfortably than ever before.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time varies for each patient and can last anywhere from six months to three years. The amount of time you spend in treatment will depend on your age, treatment option, and the severity of your issue. You also play an important role in your treatment time. The more diligent you are in following your orthodontist’s instructions, the faster your treatment will be.

Before treatment begins, Dr. Estes will discuss all of the options available to you, and provide an estimate for how long treatment will take.

Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation. If needed, early treatment now will give your child a healthy, beautiful smile for the future.